A 15-year-old girl who police say was possibly sexually assaulted was discovered bound and gagged in a Baton Rouge drainage canal Tuesday.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said passersby on an overpass noticed the teenager in a ditch area near 11000 N. 44th St. at 1:19 p.m.

The girl said she was attacked by three males, McKneely said, but he added he didn’t know the assailants’ ages.

“She was possibly sexually assaulted,” he said.

The Baton Rouge teenager was reported missing as a runaway Monday night, McKneely said. She is being treated at a local hospital, he said.

Bullets fly as fire destroys BR home

A couple and their three children were not home when fire destroyed their $250,000 house on North Stevendale Street late Monday, state fire officials said.

While a neighbor said that he saw dogs on fire as they fled the burning two-story house at 2481 N. Stevendale St., Baton Rouge fire investigators said they found no evidence the dogs had actually been on fire.

Fire crews arrived at 11:53 p.m. and found the home engulfed in flames. They were able to get the fire under control by 12:27 a.m.

Petty said the firefighters had to knock down one of the walls, leveling the house, to keep the firefighters safe while they put out the flames.

The cause of the fire, which was reported just before midnight, is undetermined, he said. Neighbors said they heard a loud boom and noticed the dogs running, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said in a news release.

The investigation is ongoing, a spokesman said.

Man accused of carjacking woman

After wrecking his own car Monday while trying to flee arrest for stealing a couple of phones and a GPS from an office in Mission Drive, a Baton Rouge man hopped into an elderly woman’s car, forced her to speed off and then pushed her out of the vehicle when it stopped, a police report says.

On Monday evening, a police dog discovered Ronnie K. Jewitt, 23, 5455 Madison Ave., hiding underneath a house on Lynn Street, and he was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree kidnapping, aggravated flight from an officer, hit-and-run, criminal damage to property and two counts of resisting arrest.

Police first encountered Jewitt about 4 p.m. Monday when they were called to a business at 7923 Tom Drive on the theft complaint, the report says.

Jewitt admitted to having the items and led officers to his car to retrieve them, but instead Jewitt hopped in and threw the car into reverse, the report says. An officer tried to wrestle Jewitt out of the car, but he managed to speed away.

Police chased Jewitt into the 7300 block of Florida Boulevard, about 2 miles away, where he struck a red SUV and then wrecked his car against a curb, the report says.

Jumping out of the car, Jewitt climbed into the back seat of another car stopped at a red light, ordering the elderly driver to drive off, the report says. After the driver pulled over and stopped, Jewitt pushed her out of the car and sped away.

Two minutes later, other Baton Rouge police officers spotted Jewitt in the 3900 block of Lynn Street and briefly chased him before he lost control, came to a stop in the front yard of a home, hopped out and ran off, the report says.

Jewitt remained in Parish Prison as of Tuesday night. Bail had been set at $31,500.

To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.

*This article was edited after publication to correct information in the brief about the house fire.